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Hello! I’m Ms. Jess and this is my 4th year at Cherokee Heights, and my 4th year with SPPS. Before this I was a 1st grade teacher for three years at a Charter school in St. Paul. I love the West Side and the families we have here at Cherokee Heights. I feel close to our families, the children I see every day, and close with all the wonderful educators I work alongside.
At home I live with my partner, Alan. We live with our 7-year-old, Julian and our 4 ½ year old, Leo. We care for two, beautiful black labs that are a huge part of our family. Leo loves running around the yard with the dogs, trying to get tennis balls from them. Julian loves creating in his science lab, and playing Minecraft as well as building new things with Legos.
On the weekends I love caring for our garden and climbing trees with Julian & Leo. I like staying active & healthy in my life, so I can always be present for my own children and the children I see every day at school. I feel privileged to be learning and growing alongside the children of the West Side. Please know you can contact me at any time, although I prefer email if you are contacting me during the school day. It is rare that I am able to answer the phone during the day.